Patrick Mulcare could not have predicted that the best swimming performances of his young career would come in the days after a dense layer of smog inflamed his throat.
Mulcare, a USC commit, was in Nanjing, China in August for the Youth Olympic Games. Amid the challenges of time zone changes, hours upon hours of travel and adapting to the country’s unique bathroom facilities, he shined in his first-ever international competition.
Once he acclimated to his surroundings and the throat irritation subsided, he became a finalist in four of his five events at the games and set personal records for best times.
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